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If you’re a regular Facebook user, you know that their developers love making changes to the way the Facebook app works.
Just about the time we get used to something, they go and change it on us.
For me, one of the most irritating changes they’ve ever made is forcing external links to open in the new in-app browser instead of my phone’s default browser.
I’ll admit that the in-app browser is fast, but it lacks much of the functionality of a typical stand-alone web browser.
If you too would prefer to have external links open in the default browser instead of the in-app browser, it’s very easy to make it happen. Here’s how:
Note: Facebook seems to love removing this setting, only to add it back later.
If you follow the steps below and don’t see the “Links open externally” setting, that means Facebook removed it yet again.
Check again in a few days and you’ll likely see it again. Once you have it set the way you want it it’ll stay that way even if Facebook removes this option from the Settings again.
1 – Launch the Facebook app and log into your account.
2 – Tap the Menu icon (it looks like three horizontal lines).
3 – Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy.
4 – Tap Settings.
5 – Scroll down and tap Media and Contacts.
6 – Toggle the “Links open externally” setting to On (it should turn from gray to blue).
That’s all there is to it. From now on the Facebook app will load all external links in your device’s default web browser instead of the slimmed-down in-app browser.
Bonus tip: This post explains why you should remove any apps you don’t use or recognize from your Facebook account (as well as how to do it).